Envision Franklin

84 ENVISION FRANKLIN | Design Concepts NEIGHBORHOOD MIXED-USE SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS West of Mack Hatcher Parkway and North of New Highway 96 West Areas of Neighborhood Mixed-Use developed as an “Agrihood” are appropriate at the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Mack Hatcher Parkway and New Highway 96 West as a transition between the mixed-uses established at Westhaven Town Center and the agricultural uses found throughout the West Harpeth Basin. An Agrihood is defined as a farm-focused, mixeduse development that incorporates a working farm. At the “Historic” Farm (buildings near the intersection of New Highway 96 and Mack Hatcher Parkway), buildings should maintain their agricultural character, but may be repurposed for agriculture-related uses and enterprises. New buildings and additions may be appropriate to support the Agrihood that complement and do not overwhelm or detract from the historic structures. This area is intended to be accessed primarily by pedestrians and general vehicular traffic should be avoided, however, minimal farm or house-related vehicular traffic may access the area by gravel, dirt, or grass drive aisles as is consistent with existing agricultural character. Development should strive for dark sky compliance and should utilize low light levels rather than typical commercial lighting standards. The Village Core of the Agrihood should establish a “Main Street” Commercial Area intended to be comprised of neighborhoodscale commercial uses as well as niche uses like makers’ spaces, a farmers’ market, artist studios, and other similar uses that are complementary to local farming. This neighborhood-scale commercial is encouraged to utilize residential above the commercial to activate and support the retail environment. However, standalone multifamily buildings are appropriate and should be limited to two to three stories in height with six to ten units per structure. Neighborhood Mixed-Use in this area may also include a Boutique Inn with up to 20 rooms and Farm-Stay cottages for rent. Both the Inn and Cottages should not exceed two stories in height, and the Inn should have unique architecture that fits contextually into the Agrihood. Cottages should be designed in character with single family residential and the agricultural character of the neighborhood and should serve as a secondary use. The Inn’s accessory uses may include a café, restaurant, or other food/beverage service. Other secondary uses could include an outdoor wedding and special events venue, as well as an indoor event venue, if associated impacts of these uses are deemed acceptable through a BOMA approval of a development plan and rezoning.